Saturday, October 15, 2011

Austin Nurseries Giveaway: Emerald Garden Nursery & Water Garden

Isn't this a beautiful fountain?

The birds love to perch on the pineapple and drink from the bubbling water.

I love to listen to the sound of moving water in the garden as I garden or just sit outside. (The gardening part is often, the sitting part, rare!)

This fountain is from the great folks at Emerald Garden.

They helped me find the right water feature for my landscape, they came out and set it up and got it all running and told me everything I needed to know.

They answered my questions about caring for it.

If you haven't already left me a comment to enter the Austin Nurseries Giveaway for the Emerald Garden Gift certificate, read on down for your chance to win!

If you have entered, I just wanted to add this to my post and show off my fabulous fountain so you can see firsthand what great water features they have to offer.


As part of Support your Independent Garden Center month, several Austin bloggers are posting about local nurseries every Wednesday in October. Today, eight Austin bloggers are offering 8 exciting giveaways as part of this effort. Visit the blogs listed below to enter and win great prizes from participating nurseries. Visit all 8 to maximize your chances to win.

Leave a comment on my blog here today, and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from Emerald Garden Nursery & Water Garden.
Contest rules are listed at the end of this blog post.

As we ease into fall we want to give back to the wonderful local nurseries that have helped us enjoy our gardens over the years. We know nurseries have weathered tough times lately, with the downturn in the economy and the drought, so we're encouraging other gardeners to support them with their gardening dollars.

Cooler night-time temperatures and warm (but not baking) soil mean it's time to get back into the garden. It's the perfect time to replace plants that didn't make it through the summer, make some changes to a more drought-tolerant garden or plan a new garden project to get plants established over the winter.

One of my favorite Austin nurseries is Emerald Garden Nursery and Water Garden. Owned by Trey Wyatt and Luke Hogan and managed by Jeff Yarbrough, Emerald Garden is located at 5700 Highway 290 West, just before the "Y" in Oak Hill.

For many years, I have enjoyed their plants in my garden and one of their fountains in my back yard. The birds love the fresh bubbling water (when it's not restricted) and the sound of water in the garden is so peaceful.

The demonstration water features are woven all through the nursery, designed to inspire creativity. Water lilies and a wide range of other water plants fill the ponds and fountains.

They also have an excellent supply of disappearing fountains in every style, shape and size.

Need help? These friendly staff members will be happy to befriend you and show you around.

Their extensive statuary collection covers every style imaginable, from Zen to formal to whimsical. If you've lost some plants during this drought, am interesting piece of garden art might be just the thing for that empty spot.

Sometimes I wonder if the decor is there to accent the plants or the plants are there to accent the decor.

Either way, Emerald Garden has what you're looking for.

And if you don't want to plant anything else in the ground right now, they have a broad selection of glazed and terra cotta pottery.

Healthy specimens of trees, shrubs, vines, agaves, cacti, succulents, perennials and annuals await you around every corner. No matter what's on your list, you're sure to find it at Emerald Garden. And you'll enjoy a magical tour through their delightful nursery. You can learn more about Emerald Garden here.

Rules for entering prize contest:

1. You must leave a comment on this post to enter.

2. Each participating blog will hold its own random drawing, so leave a comment on each blog to enter all the giveaways.

3. Only one comment per person per giveaway.

4. Participating bloggers and their families are ineligible to win.

5. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on 10/26.

6. Winners will be announced on each blog on 10/27.

7. Winners must go to the nursery with a photo ID and pick up their prize in person within two weeks of winning. Prizes will not be mailed.

Visit these blogs to learn about and enter the other giveaways at local Austin nurseries:

J Peterson Garden Design -- $50 gift certificate from The Great Outdoors
Go Away, I'm Gardening -- $100 gift certificate from Sunshine Landscape and Garden Center
Great Stems -- $50 gift certificate from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery
The Whimsical Gardener -- $25 gift certificate from It's About Thyme
Rock Rose -- $50 gift certificate from Shoal Creek Nursery
Digging -- $100 gift certificate & a Fall Power Package (valued at $50) from Barton Springs Nursery.
Growing Optimism -- $25 gift certificate from the Natural Gardener.
Visit the other blogs for more chances to win and visit the nurseries for a great local gardening experience.

Leave your comment below for your chance to win the $50 gift certificate from Emerald Garden Nursery & Water Garden.


52 comments:

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

This is an cool idea. Of course, I always support as many of Austin's Independent nurseries as I can. And since Austin got some rain, I'm actually back outside looking at what I can salvage and what I need to replace.

Shirley Fox said...

What a great giveaway, Emerald Garden looks so pretty.

Linda/patchwork said...

I've looked for this one, when driving on 290. But, haven't found it. East of the "Y" and on the north side of 290?
I'll look again. Looks like a fun place.
Thanks for showing us.

Amelia Perry said...

I'm so glad Pam at Digging linked to your blog. I've added you to my RSS reader so that I can learn all that I can about gardening in this challenging zone!

Maria Tedder said...

Awesome post Diana. I haven't been there in a while but will do so. I also hope I win!

LindaCTG said...

I love Emerald Garden & Trey & Jeff! Thanks for giving them a heads up!

A RioTexas Wildscape said...

I've been following the Austin nursery posts for the past two weeks, and each nursery looks very interesting. I'll be in Austin on a business trip in a couple of weeks, and I'll only have time to visit one or two nurseries. It will be difficult to choose, but these posts will help me narrow it down.

Bonnie said...

What a fun place- I have never been there but it is definitely on my fall "to-do" list now.

katina said...

You know, I've never been to Emerald Gardens. I may have to make the trip someday.

Pamie G. said...

Road Trip!!! Thanks for the awesome opportunity! Pamie G.
pgraham@gvtc.com

elizgonz said...

I love Emerald Garden!

Michael H said...

I've never heard of Emerald Garden. I'm going to have to make a trip to south Austin soon.

-- Michael H

jjgardens said...

While I don't get to Emerald Garden very often, it's always a pleasure. I love wandering around the nursery. With the healthy plants and demonstration water garden, I feel like I'm in a small botanical garden. What fun!

Marjie said...

Please enter me in your drawing -- I have been wanting to visit this nursery.

Kim Nguyen said...

I haven't been there but would love to visit! Hope I win.

vbdb said...

Emerald Garden always has something you can't find anywhere else.

Linda said...

Totally agree -- we must support our local nurseries (especially in this economy)! Otherwise, it may be a case of "you don't know what you've got till it's gone."

By the way, love the picture of the "friendly staff"!

Char said...

Count me in for the drawing. Fingers crossed...

MAQ Queen said...

Hoping for my win! I love your blog !

Julie S said...

I'm so happy to learn about your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

vertie said...

I've never been to this one but I'd b happy to check it.

Clamshell Claire said...

Exciting giveaway!

kimshields said...

Please enter me in your drawing. I visit a nursery everytime I go to Austin to visit my daughter. They are all the best!

Gail said...

Looks like a great nursery~I would love one of the disappearing fountains~Will have check around here for one. gail

Gaynell said...

Thanks for the fun contest.

Diana said...

Linda/patchwork - Emerald Garden is located about a mile before the "Y" on the right side when you are coming out from Austin. If you come from the other direction, you'll loop around at the Monterrey Oaks light.

Emerald Garden is definitely worth a visit, even if you don't live south.

Cindy, MCOK said...

I've never heard of Emerald Garden but I'm putting it on my MUST VISIT list! You Austin garden bloggers are making me antsy to visit so I can hit all these great nurseries!

J. Wall said...

Great post. Thanks

Zebbie said...

I've never been to this nursery!! Even I don't win the giveaway, I've got to go check it out!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this chance at a great giveaway!

ella y.

Yolanda BD said...

I, too, am back outside!! It's amazing what a little rain has done for my very sparse garden. My "mother's day" crepe myrtle is blooming again. Taking dead/worth salvaging inventory and lookig forward to pleasant, fun trips to the local nurseries. Thank you!!

Cat said...

New home owner with large back yard in need of TLC. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

fantastic idea...love supporting local nurseries and what a great way to find more out about them! loosku@sbcglobal.net

hilary said...

this is a new one for me. Would love to visit. thanks for the chance

Ayana said...

I love Emerald Garden! Great post :)

growingoptimism.com said...

Thanks, Diana~ I have just the spot for a fountain...

amyktexas said...

What a good idea

Frankie said...

Thanks for hosting this. Emerald Garden is a wonderful Austin nursery.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Don't enter me. I just wanted you to know I stopped by. Love your fountain.~~Dee

Optimista said...

Ooo, that Easter Island head is too cool! Love that sweet looking "staff." And your blog design is fantastic - gorgeously done!

Megan said...

Fantastic idea at a beautiful time of year!

Terese said...

I've been meaning to stop in here for eons. Thanks for the article and great blog.

kristen card said...

count me in on the chance to win free money! thanks! ~ k. :)

Anonymous said...

Would love to win. Thanks, wendy

LisaH said...

Thanks! Love the pots and statues!

Jackie Stence said...

Easter Island in Texas? YES!!

Roberta said...

This gardener would LOVE to be a winner!

Ally said...

I always think of Emerald Gardens for my water garden needs, but they have a lot more to offer. This year I bought my first clumping bamboo from them and some cool agaves.

Diana said...

We have a winner for the $50 Emerald Garden giveaway! It's ... jjgardens who left a comment here on my post on October 17. JJ - you can email me at dianackirby@gmail.com to make arrangements to collect your gift!

Thanks to everyone for entering and for supporting our local nurseries!

Diana said...

Ok, jjgardens - last chance to claim your prize or I will draw a new name tomorrow. If you entered for Emerald Gardens' giveaway, you'll get another chance!

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